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Poll: Who should win The Sunday Game man of the match award for today's hurling final?

Published 06/09/2015 | 17:34

6 September 2015; Joey Holden, Kilkenny, in action against Jonathan Glynn, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Joey Holden, Kilkenny, in action against Jonathan Glynn, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; TJ Reid, Kilkenny, celebrates at the final whistle. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Johnny Coen, Galway, clears the ball under pressure from Ger Aylward, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Referee James Owens moves in to seperate players from both sides, during the second half. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; David Burke, Galway, in action against Eoin Larkin, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Kilkenny manager Brian Cody. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Joe Canning, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Jonathan Glynn, Galway, is hooked by Cillian Buckley, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Galway supporters celebrate a point. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Conor Fogarty, Kilkenny, in action against Cathal Mannion, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Tom?s Greally / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Michael Fennelly, Kilkenny, in action against David Burke, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Joey Holden, Kilkenny, in action against Jonathan Glynn, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Tom?s Greally / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Galway supporters celebrate a first half point. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; TJ Reid, Kilkenny, in action against Iarla Tannian, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin.Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Shane Bannon, Galway, in action against Ger Aylward, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Eoin Larkin, left, and Michael Fennelly, Kilkenny, in action against Iarla Tannian, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin.Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Paul Murphy, Kilkenny, in action against Conor Whelan, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin.Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Brian Cody's Kilkenny side won their 11th All-Ireland hurling title of his 16-year reign this afternoon after a 1-22 to 1-18 win over Galway.

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After every All-Ireland final, fans are always keenly interested in who The Sunday Game give the man of the match award to and there were a few worthy candidates today.

Here are three players who might come away with the prize later tonight.

1) TJ Reid

Reid capped off another dominant season with one of his typically busy displays. Reid's skill-set allows him to operate in close to goal, where he hit the net after a sharp pass from Walter Walsh, while also roving out the field, where he pinged scores from a variety of angles. When you add in his accuracy from frees, it is hard not to conclude that Reid is the complete player.

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2) Colin Fennelly

Fennelly didn't do a great deal in the first half but as the Cats rebounded after the break, Fennelly was crucial. He got on a lot of ball in the final third and hit a couple of key scores to scupper any potential Galway comeback.

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3) Joe Canning

After two subdued performances in the quarter-final and semi-final, Canning delivered today. He finished with 1-8 but his explosive start to the game set the tone for Galway's excellent opening half. Like the rest of the team, Canning faded in the second 35 but even as the clock ticked away he tried to rescue the game for the Tribesmen by converting a penalty at the second attempt.

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